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Volume 3, Issue 11
January 17, 2001

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Grad research symposium planned for spring

Attention Graduate Students! The College of Engineering and EGSA are currently planning the first annual Engineering Graduate Research Symposium on campus this spring. The deadline for abstracts is February 19. For more information, visit the website ( or contact Susannah Hobbs ( or Joe Shultz (

New HR director to join Engineering

I am delighted to announce that Nancy Trussel has accepted the position of Director of Human Resources and Professional Development for the College of Engineering. Nancy comes to us from the health care industry where she has been manager of compensation, benefits, and systems for Baxter Healthcare in Tampa, Florida. Nancy will bring significant expertise in the full range of human resource activities, including training, mentoring, recruiting, retention, compensation, and employee relations.

As director, Nancy will be responsible for human resource and professional development activities for faculty and staff. She will work closely with Mike Kelley, Cathy Long, and Mike Hayes on climate initiatives for faculty, staff, and graduate students. This position was formerly the director of human resources and has been redefined in light of our professional development goals.

I would particularly like to thank everyone who met with Nancy. Your feedback was very important to me, and you gave her a very positive impression of the college. I am grateful for your participation. Nancy will be moving to Ithaca with her daughter, Sarah, and will be starting on February 26.

--Cathy Long, Assistant Dean for Administration

Reminder: Engineering TA development workshop on Friday

Reminder: All new TAs (including those in the ITA Program) must attend the introductory session of the Engineering TA Training Program on Friday, January 19, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning with registration in 155 Olin Hall. For more information, refer to the announcement published in the Dec 20 Info Update (, review the online training schedule (, or contact Pat Spencer, director, Office of Instructional & Research Support,

Duffield project approved

On Tuesday, December 19, the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board completed the site development plan review process for the Duffield Hall-Pew Engineering Quadrangle project. The Planning Board passed resolutions approving a Statement of Findings completing the State Environmental Quality Review and another for the Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approval.

Board chair Scott Whitham praised the Duffield-Quad team for navigating such a complex project through the approval process within twelve months and relayed similar praise from the Conservation Advisory Council.

Construction is slated to begin in Spring 2001; the building should be completed by the end of 2003 and the quad landscaping by Spring 2004.

Possible procurement card scam

This warning was issued recently from the Purchasing office:

We have just learned about a credit card scam where one of our Procurement Card holders ("John Doe") received a phone call from an individual saying they were from "the bank". The caller said that the bank was issuing John Doe a new VISA card and would he please give them his current account number. He gave them his account number and then -- you guessed it -- a fraudulent charge has appeared on John Doe's PCard account.

If you receive a phone call like this, please DO NOT give your credit card number out. Tompkins County Trust Company knows your VISA number and would only ask you to verify information such as your name or billing address.

If you have already received such a phone call, please contact Kathy (5-4548) or Natasha (5-5039). We'll ensure that your card is cancelled and review with you the most recent charges on the account.

Thank you.

--Kathy A. Dymock, Procurement Card Administrator, Purchasing Dept, e-mail

Duffield Hall featured in display, web site

Please be sure to stop by Day Hall this month to see the Duffield Hall display. As an added bonus, Duffield ( will also be the "featured site" on the Cornell homepage ( Be sure to check it out!

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.